PhD studentships in the School of the Arts, English and Drama PhD

Arts, English and Drama
Entry requirements:
3 years
not available
Reference number:
Start date:
01 October 2018
Is funding available?
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
28 February 2018



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In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career. 

Project detail

The School of the Arts, English and Drama offers an exciting interdisciplinary research environment. We welcome the submission of high-quality proposals that have the potential to make a substantive contribution to research within the School and invite proposals that address one of the following research themes:

  • Art Markets and Museum Collections: Curating Futures
  • Authorship, Reception and Publication in the Digital Literary Sphere
  • Digital Arts and/or Humanities
  • Drawing the Anthropocene
  • Early-modern literature and culture (1550-1760)   
  • Feminist thought and art practice (with a focus on one of the following: curation, canon-formation, and historiography; critical race theory, national and trans-national identities; visual activism)
  • Gendered Lives: experience, representation, and/or theorisation, including queer, feminist, and/or trans lives
  • Literary Cultures: 1880-1930
    • Multimodality: social semiotics as complex textual practice
    • Practise-based theatre translation/adaptation
    • Re-imagining citizenship through practice
    • Romantic or Modernist Textual Versions
    • Supernatural Fiction, 1890-the Present
    • Textile Design: Archives and Collections as a source of critical reflection on design processes and production contexts.
    • Victorian Encounters with Non-Colonial Islam 

You will be required to submit a detailed research proposal (approximately 2,000 words) when applying. For practice-based applications please submit a portfolio of work in addition to the proposal. Please indicate which theme(s) your proposal aligns with. 

Find out more

For further project details email Emma Nadin or register your interest and ask us a question.

Further details of these themes and what is required in your proposal can be found online.

Applicants should also look at the information provided about research areas on the School website.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have at least a 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent), a Master’s degree and/or relevant work experience.

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements, details available on the website.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Studentships will be paid for a period of up to three years, starting in October 2018 and will provide a tax-free annual stipend of £14,553 (17/18 RCUK rate) and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. A condition of the studentships is that students live within a 15-mile radius of Loughborough University. International (non-EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee in the first instance.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name select either ‘Art; Drama; English’ or ‘English and Drama (publishing and communication)’ depending on your proposed area of study.

Please quote reference number: SAED18

Application details

Reference number: SAED18
Application deadline: 28 February 2018
Start date: 01 October 2018
Interview date: 12 March 2018